Gaming screen for video games: how to choose a gaming monitor?

The first and most important factor to consider is, of course, screen resolution. Today’s gaming monitor can have the following resolutions. Higher resolution means higher pixel count, which, in turn, means better visual detail and greater image clarity.

However, the biggest hurdle that keeps most gamers from playing at QHD and UHD resolutions is hardware limitations. QHD is slowly becoming the new norm, with most mid-range gaming rigs able to sustain a stable 30 FPS at this resolution. UHD is a whole different story, as only the most powerful modern GPUs will be able to push over 30 FPS and hopefully hit 60.

That said, before deciding on your ideal resolution, consider your GPU power and whether you prefer performance or visual quality. In most cases, we advise you to go for a higher resolution (QHD or UHD) because it is more scalable.

Refresh refresh rate


A monitor’s refresh rate is measured in Hertz (Hz) and it measures how many times the monitor can refresh the displayed image per second. This also determines the number of frames per second the monitor will be able to display.

Monitors can have the following refresh rates:

It’s important to keep in mind that a high frame rate is pointless unless your GPU is monstrous enough to push an adequate number of frames per second.

So before you decide to get a 144Hz or 240Hz monitor, make sure your graphics card can run the games you want at such high frame rates.

Adaptive-Sync


You should also consider FreeSync or G-SYNC if you don’t want screen tearing while gaming. Many new gaming monitors already include either of these two types of monitors, so keep an eye out for that.

AMD FreeSync does not add any additional cost to the base price of the monitor and it is only compatible with AMD graphics cards, while NVIDIA G-SYNC adds a premium which is usually 100-150 Euros and it only works with NVIDIA cards.

During these technologies, one of the two gets rid of the screens at the expense of the lack of performance. Well, there is a small performance penalty, but it’s nothing you can notice.

panel technology


Today, monitors rely on two types of panels:

Without getting into the technical differences between the two, let’s immediately address the key differences.

IPS vs TN monitors (ASUS PG279Q vs PG278Q)


IPS provides better overall visual quality. This means more vibrant and accurate color reproduction, as well as better viewing angles. The biggest advantage of a TN panel is that it allows for faster response times. Talking about that…

Response time
Pixel response time is measured in milliseconds (ms) and represents the time it takes for a pixel to go from black to white or from one shade of gray to another.

But what does this mean for the game?

Essentially, the lower the response time, the smoother the camera movements will be. On the other hand, a high response time will cause motion blur because the pixels don’t have enough time to change from one color to another during fast camera movements. Another possible problem is ghosting, but that’s only really an issue with today’s TVs.

As mentioned, TN panels support 1ms response times while IPS panels can only go as low as 4ms. The choice depends entirely on your preference for responsiveness or visual quality. Also, you might not even notice a difference between 1ms and 4ms if you haven’t compared them side by side or are not already used to reducing response times.

Screen size


Screen size isn’t as important with monitors since you’ll be looking at them up close and the differences are pretty minor.

Today, gaming monitors stick to anywhere between 21cm and 27cm as these represent the perfect balance of visual clarity and viewing comfort. Anything higher and they would need to be seen from a distance, and anything smaller and they wouldn’t benefit as much from high resolutions.

Which size you choose is entirely up to you, although if you’re going with a 1080p monitor it’s best not to exceed 24cm since the lower pixel density will inevitably lead to some unsightly aliasing.

The final word


And there you have it, all the important factors to keep in mind when choosing a gaming monitor! Keep all of the above in mind and you can rest assured that you will be making a smart purchase.

We highly recommend that you also take a look at our gaming monitor buying guide where we have listed and described a wide range of the best gaming monitors available today.

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